PEPPOL (PAN-EUROPEAN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT ONLINE)
PEPPOL is a set of specifications and tools that enables a smooth and rapid adoption of eProcurement models. The use of PEPPOL is governed by a multi-lateral agreement structure which is owned and maintained by OpenPEPPOL.
PEPPOL can be implemented in existing eProcurement solutions and eBusiness exchange services to easily make them interoperable between disparate systems and regulations globally.
PEPPOL enables trading partners to exchange standards-based electronic documents over the PEPPOL network (based on a 4-corner model). These documents include e-Orders, e-Advance Shipping Notes, eInvoices, eCatalogues, Message Level Responses, etc.
PEPPOL Access Points connect users to the PEPPOL network and exchange electronic documents based on the PEPPOL specifications. Buyers and suppliers are free to choose their preferred single Access Point provider to connect to all PEPPOL participants already on the network. (‘Connect once, connect to all’).
- Market enablement for interoperable e-Procurement solutions.
- Standards based business process interoperability.
- PEPPOL eDelivery Network and PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure Agreements which form the technical and legal basis for interoperability.
- Simplification and improvement of the on-boarding process for buyers and suppliers who want to trade electronically.
PEPPOL Key Components:
- The network (PEPPOL eDelivery Network).
- The document specifications (PEPPOL Business Interoperability Specifications ‘BIS’).
- The legal framework that defines the network governance (PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure Agreements – TIA).
Key benefits of adopting PEPPOL as your e-Procurement framework:
PEPPOL allows government organizations, corporate businesses and their suppliers to use a standardized connection for e-ordering, electronic invoicing, electronic credit notes and advance shipping notifications.
The advantage of PEPPOL’s approach is that it removes the need for an organization to create an individual Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) connection to each of their suppliers. One of the biggest barriers over the years to network liquidity is that every new supplier needs a new connection (at a cost to the supplier) and that the traditional EDI approach means that every point to point supplier needs an individually negotiated contract to provide a hard-coded service to each buyer – this can be both time consuming and expensive.
PEPPOL lets an organization have a single connection to the outside world, by which they can trade with current and future suppliers across Europe. More importantly, the supplier only needs one connection (or access point) to the PEPPOL network to reach all the other PEPPOL-connected trading partners.
The PEPPOL approach has seen an increase in network liquidity across Europe as more and more organizations subscribe to the PEPPOL service.